That Higher Level is a feature length documentary following the 100 musicians who make up the National Youth Orchestra of Canada over the course of two months of training and touring across the country. Embedded with the orchestra throughout, filmmaker John Bolton provides an insider’s view of these young players as they train with some of the country’s top musicians.
Cutting the trailer was a challenging project. I was given the full 4K cut with separated stems, which allowed me to pull any clip and weave together the music from rehearsals and performance into a seamless 90 seconds. The best part of working with the final cut is that all colour timing and dialogue mixing remains intact, so when I finished the edit, I just exported the file. THL will hopefully be showing up on the festival circuit soon.